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Joe

Joe (1970)

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Release Date: Jul 15, 1970 Wide

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Peter Boyle delivers a strong and raw performance as Joe Curran, a racist factory worker who hates "hippies and niggers." The film deals with New York City advertising executive Bill Compton (Dennis Patrick), who kills Frank (Patrick McDermott), the junkie lover of his daughter Melissa (Susan Sarandon, in her film debut), when she ends up in a mental hospital after suffering an overdose of speed. Stunned by his rage, Bill goes into a bar and comes upon Joe, who discovers the murder and holds

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Norman Wexler

Apr 16, 2002

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (1) | DVD (2)

well acted melodrama, directed by Joe Avildsen before he made the Rocky movies, starring Peter Boyle as a racist and Susan Sarandon in her very first film.

February 25, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Starting with a murder and ending with a massacre, this bleak portrait of America shows a dream turned sour and a country at odds with itself.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Cliched melodrama was a cultural landmark; Boyle is superb

May 12, 2005
Film Journal International

I admire the film's gusto to look at the hippie era, but its shock factor is more of a bail out rather than letting the story reach a meaningful conclusion.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Two guys who hate everyone who's different from them finally take some action, violent action, and in the end begin to question their beliefs. This is a brilliant movie, and I highly recommend it. Plus, watch for Susan Sarandon in her first movie!
December 16, 2010
ajv2688

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Granted, the character that Peter Boyle is given in "Joe" is an interesting one, but the film simply doesn't do enough with him. We just watch as he exists and spouts racist and homophobic lines with none of it ever leading anywhere. Norman Wexler's script is decidedly good, but would've made for a better movie under someone else's direction.
March 11, 2012
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